September 6, 2011
A user commented on this cartoon and wondered what made China and Russia side with Syria. I say that both super powers do not want any country (including themselves) to be stopped from doing what they have to do. That is why neither China or Russia are quick to stand in the way of another country’s progress towards establishing nuclear arsenals. For they themselves would loath another world power standing in the way of what they believed was right for their own interests.
May 27, 2011
OutdoorLife magazine has an exclusive interview with Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
May 24, 2011
From the Dish, some political humor:
The KGB, the FBI and the CIA are all trying to prove that they are the best at catching criminals. The Secretary General of the UN decides to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and each of them has to catch it. The CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations they conclude that the rabbit does not exist. The FBI goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit, and make no apologies: the rabbit had it coming. The KGB goes in. They come out two hours later with a badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: “Okay! Okay! I’m a rabbit! I’m a rabbit!”
May 22, 2011
Where else could this happen?
March 12, 2011
I loved the first Iron Man. The second was good but just didn’t have the same feel as the first.
I felt the sequel wasted a good bit of time following Tony Stark around as he was going through his little crisis. Tony’s ego issue seemed to reveal his wasteful lifestyle. Is it paradoxical that the plutonium in his chest killing him coincided with him destroying everything around him (his relationship with Pepper, his corporation, his house, his friendships)?
I remember a while back seeing the previews for this movie and I thought that Obadiah (from Iron Man I) was Ivan (pictured). Ivan, to me, was an impressive bad guy. His ruthlessness, quiet brilliance flew under the radar of most of the fast talking American arms sellers and celebs (most notably, Hammer). If you had the patience to ask him a question or to listen carefully to his Russian-tinted English, you could get a better sense of who he was. Unfortunately, not many people, Tony Stark included, took that opportunity.
The ending in my opinion was abrupt. I would of thought Ivan would’ve gone out with more of a bang (no pun intended). I did love the symbolism around Ivan – reflecting Ivan the Terrible from Russia.
This sequel definitely convinced me of Tony Stark’s character flaws. His narcism was more than evident in the first installment. I believe both movies built on showing the inner flaws of Tony Stark – his inability to let anyone close, his constant jabbering, his egocentrism, and his hereditary motto that he is protecting America by taking out his competition, shipping off his problems back to Russia, and battling for an entire movie a man willing to avenge his fathers death by the hands of a corrupt war machine.
Both movies are well worth watching and gave me a lot of “oh man!” or “ouch!” moments.
December 13, 2010
You know, just some Russian kids with a home made bungee cord jumping off of a high rise apartment.
December 2, 2010
Yep, there is a tumblr blog for that.
Caption: A playful moment as Putin has the translation of his speech into Hungarian replaced with the sound of a woman and her five children screaming.
August 16, 2010
Jonah Lehrer compares how coping methods for gloom and despair differ between Russians and Americans:
When Russians engaged in brooding self-analysis, they were much more likely to engage in self-distancing, or looking at the past experience from the detached perspective of someone else. Instead of reliving their confused and visceral feelings, they reinterpreted the negative memory , which helped them make sense of it. According to the researchers, this led to significantly less “emotional distress” among the Russian subjects. (It also made them less likely to blame another person for the event.) Furthermore, the habit of self-distancing seemed to explain the striking differences in depressive symptoms between Russian and Americans. Brooding wasn’t the problem. Instead, it was brooding without self-distance.
This study took students from Michigan and Russia.
From my course in the History of the USSR and other knowledge, I know that the Russians had to have some ways to cope with all of their problems they have faced over the last 150+ years. Their method, according to the study of this group, reflects with the mindset of a third-party observer. This neat method of reflection is similar to what I utilize. The next question I wonder is what makes them reflect in this way as opposed to self pity and seeing things strictly from their viewpoint?
August 13, 2010
This website has images of abandoned mansions once owned by Joseph Stalin, Lavrenti Beriya, and Osama Bin Laden’s nephew. Interesting stuff.
August 13, 2010
Charles Hanley describes the natural weather and environmental extremes this summer without using the common scapegoat: climate change.
Russia. It’s been the hottest summer on record in Russia, with Moscow temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time. Russia’s drought has sparked hundreds of wildfires in forests and dried peat bogs, blanketing Moscow with a toxic smog that finally lifted Thursday after six days. Deaths in the capital doubled to 700 people a day at one point; the drought reduced the wheat harvest by over one-third.
The 2007 IPCC report predicted a doubling of disastrous droughts in Russia this century and cited studies foreseeing catastrophic fires indry years. It said Russia faced large crop losses.
Pakistan. The heaviest monsoon rains on record – 12 inches in one 36-hour period – have sent rivers rampaging over huge swaths of countryside, flooding thousands of villages. It has left 14 million people homeless or otherwise affected, and killed 1,500.
A warmer atmosphere can hold – and discharge – more water. The 2007 IPCC report said rains have grown heavier for 40 years over north Pakistan and predicted more flooding this century in south Asia’s monsoon region.
China. Floods and landslides in the northwest province of Gansu last weekend killed at least 1,100 people; another 600 are missing.
The IPCC reported in 2007 that rains had increased in northwest China by up to 33 percent since 1961, and floods nationwide had increased sevenfold since the 1950s. It predicted still more frequent flooding this century.
United States. In Iowa, soaked by its wettest 36-month period in 127 years of recordkeeping, floodwaters from three nights of rain this week forced hundreds from their homes and killed a 16-year-old girl.
The international climate panel projected increased U.S. precipitation this century – except for the Southwest – and more extreme rain events causing flooding.
I think I remember learning in school that Canada and Russia were predicted to become farm-able lands and the American Mid West would turn into a desert. I don’t know if that is going to exactly happen because of these happenings but I appreciate the article not strictly pointing to climate change. This is one the first media reports I have ever read that admits many factors play into our climate.
July 2, 2010
Non-Communist McCarthyism boiling up.